Coronavirus

Trump To Visit Atlanta CDC HQ For Virus Briefing

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: President Donald Trump is set to visit the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday as he tries to calm growing fears about the coronavirus outbreak. The trip was scheduled a day after health officials confirmed the first death in the U.S. from the coronavirus, leading the president to issue new restrictions on foreign …

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Rhode Island Sees First Virus Case, Patient Visited Italy

The Providence Journal reports: The Rhode Island Department of Health has announced the state’s first “presumptive positive” case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The person is in their 40s and had traveled to Italy in mid-February, the department says. The news release does not reveal the person’s gender or hometown. It says that the person has had “limited travel” in …

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Surgeon General Urges People To Stop Buying Masks

Slate reports: It seems the surgeon general has had it. And he has a simple request for Americans: Stop buying face masks. He was so serious about that message that he wrote it in all caps. “Seriously people,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams wrote on Twitter, “STOP BUYING MASKS!” Adams went on to note that masks are “NOT effective” for the …

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US Broadens Virus Travel Warnings And Restrictions

The New York Times reports: President Trump sought on Saturday to more aggressively address the coronavirus after weeks of confusion over his administration’s response, urging public calm and issuing new foreign travel warnings and restrictions. Mr. Trump presided over an abruptly announced news conference in the White House briefing room, at which Vice President Mike Pence announced that the administration …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Gives Briefing On Virus Response

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump held a press briefing Saturday afternoon at the White House to discuss the latest updates surrounding the coronavirus. The president announced the planned briefing on Twitter just after 11 a.m. Trump held another press conference on the coronavirus earlier this week. As of Saturday, CNN reported there are at least four coronavirus cases …

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Historian: Trump Ignores Lessons Of 1918 Flu Pandemic

The Washington Post reports: The first wave wasn’t that bad. In the spring of 1918, a new strain of influenza hit military camps in Europe on both sides of World War I. Soldiers were affected, but not nearly as severely as they would be later. Even so, Britain, France, Germany and other European governments kept it secret. They didn’t want …

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Pence Interviews With Rush Limbaugh, Who Claims Coronavirus Is Chinese Bioweapon Used To Hurt Trump

The Hill reports: Vice President Pence told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh he believes President Trump tapped him to lead the coronavirus task force because of his experience tackling disease outbreaks at the state level as governor of Indiana. Pence touted his experience combating HIV, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) during his time in …

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IRAN: 200+ Virus Deaths, Schools And Mosques Closed

The BBC reports: At least 210 people in Iran have died as a result of the new coronavirus disease, sources in the country’s health system have told BBC Persian. Most of the victims are from the capital, Tehran, and the city of Qom, where cases of Covid-19 first emerged. The figure is six times higher than the official death toll …

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CA Sees Second “Community Spread” Coronavirus Case

The Washington Post reports: California has a second case of community transmission of the coronavirus, a 65-year-old resident of Santa Clara County who has no known history of travel to countries hit hard by the outbreak, people familiar with the case said Friday. There is also no apparent connection between the new patient and anyone else with the disease caused …

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DOW Sheds 3500+ Points In Worst Week Since 2008

The New York Times reports: Stocks tumbled for a seventh consecutive day on Friday, with the S&P 500 index falling about 0.8 percent, bringing its loss for the week to more than 11 percent. It was the worst weekly decline for stocks since the 2008 financial crisis. In early October that year, the S&P 500 fell about 18 percent. The …

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Kudlow: Virus Response Will Help Trump’s Reelection

Roll Call reports: National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, who was appointed to President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force on Thursday, said Friday he believed the administration’s handling of the response to COVID-19 would be a boon for his 2020 campaign. “I think the way he’s handling this will have a very positive effect on his reelection campaign,” Kudlow told …

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AOC To Ted Cruz: You Don’t Even Believe In Evolution

Newsweek reports: On Friday, New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, saying that he doesn’t “even believe in evolution.” This comes amid the two trading jabs following Ocasio-Cortez’s reaction to a tweet aboutMike Pence leading the response to the coronavirus. Trump’s administration has continued to downplay the severity of the outbreak, tweeting that the …

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Top NIH Official Made To Cancel All TV Appearances

The Hill reports: Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) on Friday said the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was told to “stand down” and not appear on five Sunday morning talk shows to discuss the coronavirus. Garamendi told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson that Anthony Fauci was scheduled to do all five major Sunday talk shows, but says Fauci …

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Mulvaney: Media Hypes “Hoax” Virus To Hurt Trump

The New York Times reports: Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, on Friday blamed the media for exaggerating the seriousness of coronavirus because “they think this will bring down the president, that’s what this is all about.” Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of conservative activists, Mr. Mulvaney played down concerns about the …

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Dow Plummets Another 1000 Points At Opening Bell

NBC News reports: The stock market cratered again on Friday, marking the seventh day of a massive sell-off sparked by rising fears about the coronavirus epidemic. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged by 1000 points at the opening bell, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each falling by 3 percent. The meltdown comes as traders appear to lose any …

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Trump: US Is “Way Ahead” Of Virus Thanks To Me

Politico reports: President Trump early Friday tweeted that the U.S. was way ahead of the curve when it came to stemming the spread of coronavirus thanks to measures taken by his administration. Trump also accused congressional Democrats early Friday morning of unfairly blaming the coronavirus’ threat to Americans on his administration, tying the global health epidemic even closer to domestic …

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Stupid People Unsure If Virus Is Related To Corona Beer

The New York Post reports: Some American beer drinkers are avoiding Corona, the beer, amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak, according to a new survey. A surprising 38 percent of beer drinkers insisted that they would not, under any circumstances, buy Corona as the deadly virus spreads across the globe, according to the survey conducted by 5W Public Relations. “There is …

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Whistleblower Alleges HHS Ignored Virus Protocols

The Washington Post reports: Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, without proper training for infection control or appropriate protective gear, according to a whistleblower complaint. The workers did not show symptoms of infection and were not …

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Israeli Scientists Claim Virus Vaccine Breakthrough

The Jerusalem Post reports: Israeli scientists are on the cusp of developing the first vaccine against the novel coronavirus, according to Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis. If all goes as planned, the vaccine could be ready within a few weeks and available in 90 days, according to a release. “Congratulations to MIGAL [The Galilee Research Institute] on this exciting …

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Dominican Republic Turns Away Cruise Ship Over Virus

The Associated Press reports: A cruise ship heading to the Dominican Republic to disembark hundreds of passengers after a 14-day tour was turned away on Thursday because officials feared eight of those aboard showed potential symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, officials announced. A joint statement by the Public Health Ministry and Port Authority said that the captain of the Braemar …

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